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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education


Profile Details
Name – Manjunath Kini
Designation – Director
OrganisationParamhansa Yogananda Public Charitable Trust
Age – 51
City – Gurugram
Work Experience (Years) – 27
Under-Graduation – B.A, The M.S.University of Baroda
Post-Graduation – M.S.W, The M.S.University of Baroda

Please give us a summary of your Career.

Research Executive with Centre for Operations Research and Training (CORT), Baroda: During three years of association, undertook several social, health and development studies to assess the situation, determine the feasibility and evaluate the impact in the health and development sector.
Field Officer with the Aga Khan Health Services, India: Worked for close to five years to provide management support to the community healthcare workers involved in providing preventive, promotive and curative services.
Training and Communication Specialist with the Healthy Highway Project: Worked for close to three years during which developed training and capacity building system for the implementing partners involved in HIV and STI prevention program amongst the truck drivers and their sexual partners.
Program Manager with FHI 360: Worked with several large NGO s contracted to implement HIV/AIDS comprehensive prevention to care and treatment program.
Program Officer with ILO: Supported ILO constituents to integrate HIV/AIDS prevention and care program in workplaces.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as Director of an NGO.

Director: Develop annual strategic plans, review the progress and fine-tune implementation strategies to achieve set goals and objectives. Provides leadership support to the teams involved in implementing community and home-based care and support services to the large number of old widows, single and abandoned aged in Vrindavan and other nearby towns. Identify and develop collaboration with partners to promote the divinity and dignity of the elderly. Develop organizational systems, procedures to build a strong and sustainable organization.

Average Income in this Profession in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 0-2 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 2-5 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 20-40 Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?
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Work-Life Balance

Being a Director on an average, how many hours do you work per day?
7-9 hours
On an average, how many days in a week do you work?
5 days
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Does your work as Director of an NGO require you to travel?
Does your work require you to relocate to different town/cities?
How would you consider the job security in your profession?
Would you consider this Profession Risky?

Working amongst hostile and difficult communities and conflict situations

Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance in your Profession?
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Overall, how would you rate Job Stability of your Profession?
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What are the different ways of entering this profession?

Post Graduate in Social work and development studies


How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
How would you describe your co-workers?
Generally speaking, your work is
Field Work
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?
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Importance of Education in NGO

Would you say that Education from top School/College plays a major role in the success in this Profession?
What level of Education is sufficient to be successful in this Profession?
Post-Graduation in Relevant Stream
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession?
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
At present, which institutes are best for the education of this profession?

Faculties of Social Work and Institutes offering Development Studies

What is the cost of education (post 12th) of this profession at present?

1-3 lakhs

Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?
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According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful in your Profession?

First Personality Trait – Energized by people, enjoy a variety of tasks and good at multitasking
Second Personality Trait – Focus on possibilities and value innovation to come up with creative solutions to problems
Third Personality Trait – Prefer to make decisions by being sensitive and cooperative to others feelings
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to keep flexible plan and keep options open
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer to seek new experiences and create new things
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be self-disciplined and organised
Seventh Personality Trait – Prefer to be cooperative and compassionate
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he is usually relaxed, calm and happy
Please provide details

Compassionate, genuine interest in people’s development in community and teams, a commitment to improving people’s life situations.

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to join a career in NGO?

Satisfaction from working for the development of people and commitment is very fulfilling.
The opportunity to make a contribution to help people to achieve their highest potential, help community and nations overcome material and spiritual poverty is very rewarding.
Leadership opportunities to work with teams and other institutions help one develop inner strength and develop inner self.
The development sector is also very organized and becomes professionally rewarding with decent perks and work environment.

What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career in NGO?

The process-driven development could be very challenging and could be often frustrating.
The political and cultural conflicts could be major impediments in achieving desired outcomes so could be considered failure risking one’s reputation as unsuccessful.
The people driven processes could be quite complex and require one to be very sensitive and open-minded.
Often times organizations alter their objectives due to short-sightedness

Recognition in your Profession

What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Impressed
What is Friends’ view of your Profession?
My Friends are Impressed
What is Society’s view of your Profession?
Society is Impressed
Overall, how would you rate the Recognition aspect of your Profession?
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General Information of your Profession/Business (NGO)

What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
Job (Annual Family Income up to 20 Lakhs)
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
Maybe Easy for Few
How easy is it to move to a different country in this profession?
Maybe Easy for Few
Now you have several years of work experience and you have seen professions of others. If you are taken back to 10th/12th class and allowed to pick a profession, then which profession will you pick and why?

Civil Services in Government

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